The recession has had a local impact on the arts according to Wally Bloss, Executive Director of the Cache Valley Center for the Arts. In a report to the Cache County Council Tuesday night, Bloss said more than 83,000 people attended at least one event in the Ellen EcclesTheatre during the year just past and that’s down by about 16,000, mainly because there were fewer offerings. Bloss says his budget is in the black but there has been considerable cost-cutting. The Alliance for the Varied Arts is housed in the Thatcher-Young Mansion but many of its programs are held in the Bullen Center. Bloss told the council a change may be forthcoming.”After a recent review of their operations, their board has requested to merge AVA into CVCA to affect some efficiencies of size and streamline the operation of many of the arts programs that use the space that we operate,” Bloss told the council. “We’ve now established a committee with CVCA board and AVA people and are examining the proposal and how to deal with about two dozen different programs and activities, how to make them merge together.”Bloss says two jobs would be eliminated and there would be overhead savings such as needing one less phone line, one less internet collection, and one less printer.
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